Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer has taken a lot of heat for her ban on working from home. The lion's share of TODAY.com readers disagreed with her decision, too, but Kathie Lee thinks that much of the outcry has to to with the fact that Mayer is a woman. KLG said that radical decisions made by other executives haven't been met with as much resistance.
"She's trying to get her ship in shape," said KLG, noting that the policy wouldn't be how she'd personally run things. She also pointed out that the value of the company's stock has increased since Mayer took over, and that it's important to give her credit as a leader.
Hoda said that employee happiness is important to consider, too, but that working from home is a potential sap on productivity. When she's home trying to work, Hoda admitted, "I watch soaps."
KLG agreed that it's better for some families to have the option to work from home, but that the job of a CEO is to think about the bottom line. "A lot of people work really hard… and I feel for everybody. But we live in a world where there's a system in place," she said.
"Let's talk about something trivial that doesn't matter," sighed Hoda, transitioning to a much more hard-hitting topic: Ben Affleck's newly shaved beard.
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Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY contributor who is glad she never got into soaps.